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We're Next: US Military is Field Testing Cell Phone Biometric Abilities

For instance, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the army is researching biometrics security that could potentially be used to lock up and secure phones used by consumers and enterprise users. For war purposes, biometrics security would be used to identify enemies and suspected insurgents, but for consumers the technology can identify a smartphone owner, much like how Motorola is beginning to implement it through the fingerprint scanner on the Atrix 4G. Biometrics—where the photos, fingerprints and iris scans are used to verify a person’s identity—are another possible application for a military smartphone. The military already uses portable biometric collection kits to identify suspected insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a downloadable phone app would, the thinking goes, put that kind of tool in the hands of more soldiers.

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